Aladdin Musical reports that seven members of the Seattle production return to the Aladdin: Broadway’s New Musical Comedy.Â Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed will reprise their roles as Aladdin and Jasmine. The genie is once again played byÂ James Monroe. The role of Jafar is again Â portrayedÂ by the one and only JonathanÂ Freeman.
Of the supporting cast Brandon O’NeillÂ and Brian Gonzales are back as Aladdin’s palsÂ Kassim and Babkak. The production welcomes Don Darryl as Iago andÂ Jonathan SchwartzÂ as Omar. Jasmine’s father the Sultan is this time portrayed byÂ Clifton Davis.Â The rest of of the cast include Merwin Foard and Michael James Scott who are standinsÂ and the ensemble is 24 person strong.
The music comes from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman withÂ and additional lyrics by Tim RIce and Chad Beguelin. Director and choreographer. is againÂ Casey Nicholaw, who also helmed the Seattle production. Other creatives includesÂ scenic designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz, costume designer Gregg Barnes, sound designer Ken Travis, illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer and hair designer Josh Marquette.Â Michael Kosarin heads the music team as music supervisor and director, working with Danny Troob as orchestrator and Glen Kelly as dance music arranger.
ThespianPeacock uploaded 20 songs from Aladdin The New Stage Musical that ran almost 2 years ago at Seattle’s 5th adventure theater from July, 7 to 21 2011. I’ve been waiting forever to hear the songs and except for some promotion videos there was nothing. Tonight I looked for more information on the Toronto pre-Broadway run of the show’s upgrade I came across this. Listen to how the classic Alan Menken/Howard Ashman songs are converted from animated movie musical to stage musical. And I’ve been dying to know the “cut songs” Babkak, Omar, Aladdin and Cassim, High Adventure, the Jafar song Why Me preformed by Jonathan Freeman, the Princess Jasmine Call Me A Princess and especially the beautiful Proud of Your Boy would sound preformed by professional singers backed up by a orchestra instead of a composer/lyricist pinging on a piano. Plus the new Aladdin Jasmine duet A Million Mile Away taking place at Aladdin’s hovel when the two first met.
Mary Poppins will close at Broadwayâ€™s New Amsterdam Theater on March 3 to make way for Disney’s next big, Broadway show Aladdin, according to The New York Times. At the time of closing, Poppins will have played more 2,600 performances since opening on November 16, 2006. Disney has not issued an official announcement in response to the Times’ report, which followed an initial Poppins closing story in The New York Post. The New Amsterdam will reportedly be renovated before Aladdin takes residence in the spring of 2014.
Based on the smash-hit 1992 animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic lamp Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. The musical features music by Menken, lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman and a new book by Chad Beguelin (Elf, The Wedding Singer). Menken won an Academy Award for his score and shared a second Oscar with Rice for the song “A Whole New World,” sung in the film by Brad Kane and Tony winner Lea Salonga.
Aladdin premiered at Seattleâ€™s 5th Avenue Theatre in July 2011. The musical was directed by The Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw, starred The Lion Kingâ€™s Adam Jacobs as Aladdin and featured In the Heights’ Courtney Reed as Jasmine and Newsiesâ€™ Andrew Keenan-Bolger. A recent St. Louis Muny production starred two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus in the title role and co-starred Avenue Q Tony nominee John Tartaglia as the Genie. Casting and creative team members have not been announced for the Broadway production.
UPDATE 23 Jan 2013
Disney Theatrical Productions confirmed that Aladdin opens in Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in the spring of 2014. Before that a pre-Broadway run of the show in Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre November 13, 2013 to January 12, 2014. The creative people will be the same as the 5th Avenue show, Alan Menken, the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice handle the songs Based on the Chad Beguelin. Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph. I expect cast auditions will be held during the summer.
The official at aladdinbroadway.com now includes the not impressive shows logo. I would’ve liked that they’ve kept the calligraphic font from the movie.
Menken: The main things that are going on is Leap of Faith is opening here at the Ahmanson Theatre on October 3rd. Thatâ€™s my gospel musical. Sister Act is running in London at the Palladium, and coming to Broadway in the spring. So those are my two, big, active projects, and then there is a stage musical of Newsies, Hunchback, and Aladdin all coming.